Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Decade Limitada


The other day I was in my local cigar shop browsing the humidor trying to figure out what to pick up so I would have something to review. My humidor was lacking new sticks that needed to be smoked so I had to pick something up. I came across the Rocky Patel Decade Limitada and the decision was made.

This Limited Edition cigar seemed to sneak under the radar as I had no clue it was out there. The Decade Limitada is basically a cross breed of the Rocky Patel Winter Blend 2009 (Pennylvania Maduro Wrapper) and the Decade. This particularly had me intrigued since I am a fan of the Pennsylvania Maduro wrapper.

Cigar: Rocky Patel Decade Limitada
Size: 5.5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

Rocky Patel Decade Limitada

Rocky Patel Decade Limitada

Appearance and Construction: This dark looking maduro has you asking the question is it dyed or not. My fingers told me yes it was. Does this change the cigar, I do not think so but it makes me wonder why Rocky appears to do this to his smokes.  The wrapper of the cigar has a few imperfections on the cigars I had, including a hole or a tear. There was also minimal veins present and the cigar had a decent weight to it. The cap was well done but once it was removed some stems were visible on both ends of the smoker.

Flavor & Notes : The foot of the cigar offered some slight spice and a dark chocolate to the nose and the pre-light draw had some raisins  joined by a subtle cocoa. These combination had me excited to smoke the cigar. The 1st third of the cigar had some dark chocolate notes with a coffee bade the was creamy. There was some subtle notes of wood in the background and a slight sweetness that was trying to emerge. The 2nd third of the cigar that sweetness emerged into a nice defined caramel which was along side the coffee notes as some earth appeared in the background. The final third the coffee remained dominant but the finish was a tad bit leathery.

Smoking Characteristics: A flawless slow burning cigar that had a tight medium colored ash that held on very well. I lost the ash just as I entered each third which for me is a pretty long time as I tend to talk with my hands. The draw was slightly loose and the cigar produced a nice amount of smoke.

Conclusion: When I first started smoking the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 was a regular staple of mine, but over the years I have drifted away from the brand. The 2009 Winter Blend brought me back for a while but I drifted away from the brand when the other seasonal smokes did nothing for me. This might just be enough to bring me back.

Price: $9.25
Score: 92

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  • Israel

    Nice review, Barry. Unfortunately, Rocky couldn’t produce too many of these. But I really enjoyed the 2 I’ve had.

  • Brent

    I’m surprised it was not dyed. RP cigars IMHO are not there as a great cigar anymore. Too much, too many, and quality suffers. Getting dye from one cigar is 1 thing, but when it happens almost everytime I pick up a supposed Maduro cigar from him, it is a problem.

    Sorry for the rant.

  • Barry

    Uh, re-read it :) It was dyed :)

  • Brent

    Well, I miss read the word fingers, I thought you said your eyes told you yes. Does not surprise.

  • WhamIAmtheMan

    good review, barry.

    i agree with brent…….rocky has way too many arrows in his quiver….and quality does suffer… just like the gurkha cigars… plus quite a few of rocky’s cigars are way over priced

  • Carl

    I’m not ashamed to admit that the regular decade line is one of my go-to cigars, and the one of these limited editions I had was also great. I keep a box on hand at all times!

    Great review Barry!

  • Chris McCann

    Thanks for the review, Barry. I was lucky enough to grab a few of these. I’m also a fan of the Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper and really enjoyed the 2 I smoked. It would be nice if Rocky produced more cigars of this quality.

  • Jared

    Rocky Patel has been a regular in my humidor for several years. It’s disappointing to hear that the quality is suffering as the company grows.

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